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Pope Joan Audiobook

Pope Joan

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Publisher's Summary

For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die - Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak - and his identity - and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics.

Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom - wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price....

©1996 , 2009 Donna Woolfolk Cross; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Whether or not one believes in Joan as Pope, this is a compelling story, filled with all kinds of lore: the brutishness of the Dark Ages, Vatican intrigue, politics and favoritism and most of all, the place of women in the Church and in the world." (Amazon.com review)
"In this colorful, richly imagined novel, Cross ably inspires a suspension of disbelief, pulling off the improbable feat of writing a romance starring a pregnant pope." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Pat 04-21-16
    Pat 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting for all"
    If you could sum up Pope Joan in three words, what would they be?

    Pulls you in


    What other book might you compare Pope Joan to and why?

    Great slant on the men only club, how many others where there like Joan?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you need to take days


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    K. Bonnar California 02-23-16
    K. Bonnar California 02-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A delightful listen"
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    This was a delightful story. True or not? Who knows. It was well read and an interesting listen. I would recommend this book to others.

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    musa 01-01-16
    musa 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this story"

    I loved the suspense in this story! I loved all the characters and the style of its writing. I've already recommended it to several friends. It's hard to come across such a sting female character that is also not somehow putting down the male gender.

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    Mary Flowery Branch, GA, USA 04-06-13
    Mary Flowery Branch, GA, USA 04-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about Pope Joan?

    Loved the story, just enough detail, and great plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the interaction with all of the characters, but really admired Joan.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    I like Barbara Rosenblat. She's very good as she tells stories and her narration does not get in the way of the story.


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    AM 01-05-13
    AM 01-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting!"
    Would you listen to Pope Joan again? Why?

    I loved listening to this book. Makes you wonder! The reader was perfect for this book - I could picture the scenes in my head as she painted the story. This book is definitely a Catholic conspiracy theory - and true or not it is very entertaining.


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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-19-11
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 07-19-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    I had heard a lot of good buzz about this novel and was looking forward to it. In the end, while it kept my attention, it was just OK. Cross relied too heavily on clich??s, and the book would have been better without shoving in the mushy romance. So is the moral of the story that women should be treated as individuals and judged according to their abilities--or is it that women, in the end, really are creatures ruled by their passions and need a man to control them?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 07-17-11
    Elaine 07-17-11
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    "Very interesting and well written"

    Since trying Pillars of the Earth after seeing the high rating from Audible members I've been leery of any books. I found Follet's writing of poor quality with repetitious and excessive wording. A good story but at least 100 pages longer than needed.

    Pope Joan deserve high marks for historical fiction, quality writing, a well crafted story and it's all delivered in marvelous narration. Well worth the listen.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathie Valeri Carroll Michigan 06-23-11
    Kathie Valeri Carroll Michigan 06-23-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Pope Joan"

    Could this really be true? Really made you wonder if back in the day this could have happened. Found the information in this book fascinating and it really gave you a glimpse into a whole other world for women. I would like to believe there were women in the day that were strong enough to do what was necessary for them in a man's world. I found the author's notes at the end very interesting. Great listen and found it hard to put down!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Nash Northville, MI United States 04-14-11
    D. Nash Northville, MI United States 04-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Modern characters in the 9th Century"

    The title of my review says it all. I agree with the reviewer that says there are a lot of anachronisms in this book. The characters act modern! Joan's brother whines that it "isn't fair" that he has to go to school. I don't think that there was much FAIR about life in the 9th century. I hated that the author beat me over the head with the "downtrodden woman" thing. Since we've only had the vote for the past 100 years, I would say that it should come as no surprise and I didn't need constant reminding of it. All the characters are one dimensional, too. Not recommended.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 01-26-10
    Rebecca 01-26-10
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    "I really liked this book"

    Except the ending was not what I expected. I guess it did have to end that way. I was wondering prior to getting it if I would think it was boring. I really did not and wish the author would write more of that period. If you like historical fiction, of which I am a buff, (wish audible would make a category for me so I can find them easier)you will really like this story.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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